The Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense just turned up the burner under the Bush war machine. And then dumped some gasoline on the stove. From Raw Story:
Rep. John Murtha, a veteran of the U.S. Marines who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, said that President George W. Bush cannot continue to carry out his current war plans in Iraq without starting a draft.“The president asks the impossible and the burden continues to fall on the very few. The pressure must be taken off the current force and their families who have already sacrificed so much,” said Murtha today to the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, which he chairs. “If the President insists on continuing the current operational tempo and policy, then he should call for a military draft. That is the responsible thing to do.â€
Recent polling seems to suggest that the president has been losing ground on his bid for escalation, despite his recent pro-war PR blitz (WashPost and CNN). I think a bit of this owes to the fact that Dem leaders in both houses have been shockingly coherent and focused in the past few weeks – and I say this as a guy who has whipped Democratic leadership relentlessly for its confusion and incompetence over the past
several decades couple of years. But Reid and Pelosi have had a strong, clear message and they haven’t wavered.
Now Murtha is going to start parading the D-word around in public. At a time when the Bushies are trying to fight off scandal after scandal after scandal. For those of us who enjoy good political theory, this baby is starting to get good….